Hydrodynamics / Aerodynamics Engineer

Alameda, CA /
Vehicle Engineering /
Full time
The Company

Boundary Layer Technologies is building the future of zero emission maritime transport, starting with hydrofoiling electric passenger vessels. We are backed by Y Combinator, Fifty Years VC and Lower Carbon Capital and have built a world leading 26' fully electric hydrofoil prototype. We are a company of builders where rapid iterations and fast learning is in our DNA. We aim to reduce global GHG emissions by as much as 2.5%

We are looking for a Hydrodynamics / aerodynamics engineer to design and model the hydrofoil wings and propulsion system on our hydrofoil craft.


    • Concept design of hydrofoil wings and control surfaces on various vehicles, including high lift devices
    • CFD modeling and optimisation of hydrofoil wings on various vehicles including a free surface, cavitation and ventilation
    • Fluid-structural interaction optimisation of hydrofoil wings and masts
    • CFD modeling of entire vehicle including wing-wing, wing-mast and ship hull interactions
    • Determination of dynamic load cases for vehicle Collaborate with GNC and flight controls teams to help accurately develop a vehicle plant model for simulation 
    • CFD modeling and optimisation of propellers

Skills and experience

    • Degree in engineering or physics
    • 3 years experience in commercial CFD platforms such as StarCCM or ANSYS Fluent
    • Experience in performing CFD driven geometry optimisation 
    • Experience in open source CFD platforms such as OpenFOAM and SU2 is a bonus but not required
    • Experience in modeling water or hydrofoils, specifically cavitation is preferred but not essential

Perks of the role

    • Market competitive salary and equity package
    • Healthcare, dental, and optical insurance
    • 12 weeks paid parental leave
    • Dog friendly office
    • Work closely with CEO and CTO
    • Choose your own hardware budget
    • 4 weeks PTO
    • Access to company boats for employee recreational use

Please still consider applying even if you don't match every listed expectation, as we are big believers in learning and growth. Here at Boundary Layer Technologies, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

Women candidates are encouraged to apply.